Jaishankar to start for Moscow, India looks for issues beyond energy | India News

NEW DELHI: Apart from reviewing energy and trade ties against the backdrop of Western sanctions, India and Russia will use foreign minister S Jaishankar’s visit to Moscow on Tuesday also to finalise the agenda for cooperation under multilateral frameworks including G-20, SCO and BRICS. The situation in Afghanistan and counter-terrorism are also among the issues that will figure prominently in the meetings.
Jaishankar, who is expected to exhort Moscow yet again to end the conflict with Ukraine, will meet his counterpart Sergey Lavrov and also Russian trade minister Denis Manturov during his visit.
Jaishankar will arrive in Moscow riding the crest of another wave of imports from Russia with news emerging on Sunday that Russia was India’s No.1 crude supplier in October. Accounting for 22% of India’s crude imports, Russia surpassed Iraq (20.5%) and Saudi Arabia (16%).
The two countries are also discussing the possibility of a summit meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Bali later this month.
Russia is likely to discuss the alleged threat from a “dirty bomb” which, according to Moscow, is in the works in Ukraine. UN nuclear watchdog IAEA, however, said last week that it had not found evidence of any undeclared nuclear activity in Ukraine.
Moscow is also likely to take up the “terrorist attacks” on Black and Baltic Seas and alleged violations of Biological Weapons Convention by Ukraine and the US. Russia had recently brought a resolution in the UNSC for a probe into these allegations has been making but the resolution was defeated with only China, apart from Russia, voting in favour. India was among the 10 countries that abstained.
India though last week voted in favour of another resolution brought by Russia in UNGA for combating glorification of Nazism.

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